mikazukipie added a topic in LanguagesFrancophones, a Grad Student Needs YouI need Francophones to carry out a study (natives and non-natives welcome!).
I'm a graduate student and I'm having trouble finding participants for a study I'm doing, so I've been advised to look to the internets for altruistic individuals, as I need to collect data ASAP.
I need conversational data (audio or video) from dyads (pairs) of the following types:
Native English + Native English
Native English + Native French
Native French + Native French
The conversations *must be in French* and need be no longer than 5-7 minutes long. They can be about any topic, a final oral project you did for class, whatever. If you are at a loss for topics I can give you a few. Bonus karma points if you can do multiple combinations (Native English + Native French and a Native English + Native English conversation).
I've been recruiting through my university and have gotten only one reply in an entire month for subjects to come in and do the experiment in person, so this is a fallback plan because I'm getting pretty desperate.
If you're interested or know someone who might be, PLEASE PM me. For (linguistic) science! You will also need to fill out a short survey in your native language.
In addition, I'm also searching YouTube/Veoh/DailyMotion for conversations like these. If you have any links to pairs that meet the above criteria, please let me know.
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mikazukipie added a topic in Decisions, DecisionsThe Hardest Decision I've Ever Had to MakeNow that I've visited the two schools that have offered me funding, I am in very serious need of advice from people who are in the know and are somewhat impartial.
+Really clicked with every professor I met
+Strong encouragement for interdisciplinary studies
+Fantastic location (weather included. I have mild seasonal affective disorder, so this is not just a petty consideration)
+Four-year funding offer of $20K per, with an additional year of teaching available at "comparable rates."
+Relationship with a famous European institute where I might be able to do a semester exchange
-Students did not seem to have a bond with each other (perhaps because most of the ones I met were older, and all were married. All of them O_O!)
-Lots of the professors in the dept. are new hires (although not necessarily new professors. This particular school is rumored to be poaching people from other places since they weren't as hard-hit by the financial crisis)
+Really loved all the students I met and felt an instant connection with them
+Strong faculty in a variety of subdisciplines, really felt a bond with one prof in particular
+School has a good reputation for placing graduates
+Prof I bonded with emailed me right after I left to come home to say she had secured me some more funding for my first year only, bringing the stipend within shouting distance of School A's.
-Some students said they had to take out loans to supplement the teaching stipend (~$13K before taxes) even though it's in a small town
-Must teach three courses per year, with only a two-week intensive teaching training in the summer
-Location is nice, but small
-One professor I would like to work with was very intimidating and was negative about School A (although later I found out he's just a shy, brilliant person who overcompensates by being a little outspoken, something I totally understand).
-A Ph.D. student said that students in the dept. at School A "didn't even go to their own conference a few years ago" and that "professors there never go to conferences." I would like to see if this is more than hearsay, but it made me worry. I was especially annoyed and nervous because everyone at School A only had positive things to say about School B. I don't know what this lopsided rivalry means.
-A grad of School B teaches at School A, and a student called him a "traitor."
Deep down, I know I can't go wrong either way, but the fear and guilt of having to let someone down, especially people that I really respect and would love to work with in the future, is crushing. I also worry that School A perhaps isn't as prestigious as School B (or is this just tribal sentiment?), but because I'm in a very small field that doesn't do rankings, I don't know how to weigh each place. I could have a great research fit at either institution, but I worry that the teaching load and stress of having to find funding for the Ph.D. (I got the impression that teaching positions were harder to come by for older students, and that external funding was not a common source of money for them either) will affect my work at School B. Then again, when if I go to School A, work my ass off, and get edged out on a job because it's slightly less esteemed?
Please, PLEASE advise.
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